Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (translated as Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror; or simply Nosferatu) is a classic 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The film, shot in 1921 and released in 1922, was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel (for instance, "vampire" became "Nosferatu" and "Count Dracula" became "Count Orlok").
Run time 91 minutes 54 secondsProducer F. W. MurnauAudio/Visual sound
November 11, 2012
Thank goodness for the bootleggers!
I am very thankful to those who made "bootleg" prints of this brilliant film back in the day. Without them, this important piece of cinematic history would have been lost forever when the courts ordered all of the legitimate prints destroyed at the behest of Bram Stoker's widow.
Nosferatu is a masterpiece of German expressionist cinema. It's dark, moody, and very faithful to the novel upon which it is based. It's odd, but somehow its illegitimate origins and existence in the murky periphery of the cinematic canon seems quite appropriate for its subject matter.
Whoever did the digital restoration on this version is to be congratulated. It is nothing short of beautiful. The symphonic musical score is great as well.
Download this movie. It's a keeper!